Weekend Best Bets: June 1-3

This weekend around the Twin Cities, your to-do list includes Grand Old Day, a theater fest for kids, the Edina Art Fair, and more

Friday, June 1

Artfully Edina

What: Edina Art Fair
When: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Where: 50th & France Ave., Edina
More than 300 artists show their wares—paintings, ceramics, jewelry, photos, wearables—at this more-than-50-year-old art fest. This year’s theme: Empowering Artistic Females, highlighting the 70 women business owners in the 50th & France business district, too. Wet your lips at the Red Cow Craft Beer Garden, and be on the sniff-out for food from Carbone’s Pizzeria, Old Southern BBQ, and D’Amico & Sons. Learn more.

Curtains Up for Kids

What: Flint Hills Family Festival
When: 5-9 p.m.
Where: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington St., St. Paul
This weekend, dip into the Twin Cities’ top-ranked children’s theater scene at the country’s biggest, longest-running fest for kid-targeted performances. That means 42 indoor shows from globally renowned artists plying puppetry, music, dance, and acrobatics, plus 87 free outdoor performances by 460 local artists. This year, indoors: A mouse takes a space odyssey; dance becomes Tetris; and a panda embarks on a rhythmic journey. Learn more.


Saturday, June 2

Luxury Home Remodeling Tour

What: Midwest Home‘s Luxury Home Remodeling Tour
When: Noon-6 p.m.
Where: Various metro locations
Tour some of the most impressive home remodels in the region on Saturday and Sunday—from Stillwater to Minneapolis to Edina. The average remodeling budget at these five-star abodes: $580,000. Get ideas for your own projects, meet with custom remodelers, and find new and useful resources for taking your house to the next level (maybe even literally). Tickets for single home visits are available at the door for only $5 per home. Learn more.

Rooftop Rosé

What: Rosé All Day
When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Brick X Mortar, 314 N. First Ave., Minneapolis
Tuck into a brunch buffet by Crave while enjoy the “deep house with slight Latin edge” sound of Minneapolis group Tambuca at this second annual fundraiser for the Food Shelf at Hennepin County Medical Center. Your ticket comes with a complimentary glass of rosé on the rooftop of boutique North Loop social club Brick X Mortar, plus rattle items. Here’s your early-summer chance to mingle in your best seasonal attire. Learn more.

Don’t-Blink Drama

What: 10-Minute Play Festival
When: 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: Lakeshore Players Theatre, 4820 Stewart Ave., White Bear Lake
From this Saturday to June 9, White Bear Lake’s rapid-fire showcase of 10 short plays from around the country, performed by Lakeshore Players Theatre cast, reaches year 14. This year, short-attention-span shows come in from Chicago, Iowa, Washington, Wisconsin, Florida, and California. The series has proven among the theater’s most popular, and at $22 per adult, it’s a pretty easy commitment. Learn more.


Sunday, June 3

Greek Drama in the Lobby

What: BAD NEWS! i was there…
When: 1:30, 6 p.m.
Where: Guthrie Theater, 818 S. Second St., Minneapolis
The Ancient Greek theater trope of the messenger is alive today in local news, where wide-eyed sources report the details of events with a chilling “I was there.” This collage of written works, by drama’s most eminent, sees interpretation by six to eight actors in the public lobbies of the theater—created in the spirit of the Greek polis, confronting audiences with questions of rationality and morality. Learn more.

St. Paul’s Start of Summer

What: Grand Old Day
When: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: Grand Ave., between Dale and Cretin Ave., St. Paul
Think: our pre-State Fair summer get-together. More than 150 food vendors take over Grand Avenue, divided into four districts—family fun, grand market, sports and wellness, and entertainment. That means six beer gardens, dozens of Twin Cities musicians, an art fair, pony rides, crafts for kids, activities with Minnesota’s professional sports teams, and the “first parade of the summer.” Come out and honor a 45-year-old tradition. Learn more. 

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